Justin Cobbs scored all 20 of his points in the second half as the Cal Golden Bears rallied from a 14-point first-half deficit for an 88-83 victory over the Oregon State Beavers at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis Saturday night.
The Golden Bears (12-4, 3-0 Pac-12 Conference) won their fourth straight game overall and remained perfect in conference play thanks to a huge second half. Cal trailed 45-35 at the half after trailing 41-27 in the final two minutes of the opening half.
Tyrone Wallace threw down a dunk with 10:38 to go in the second half to give the Golden Bears just their second lead of the game, 62-61. Their only other lead to that point had come when it was 9-8 in the early going.
Wallace’s dunk sparked a 12-0 run capped by Christian Behrens’ layup with 6:39 to go that put Cal up 72-61.
Oregon State (9-7, 1-3) didn’t get closer than six points until Roberto Nelson canned a 3-pointer with one second left.
Cobbs led the Bears with 20 points and also handed out nine assists. Wallace chipped in 17 points and six dimes, David Kravish had 16 points to go with two blocked shots and Richard Solomon went for 15 points and eight rebounds. Jeff Powers came off the bench to score 14 points, including 4-of-6 from deep.
Nelson had 26 points and nine assists for the Beavers. Angus Brandt added 22 points and Eric Moreland notched 14 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots.
Cal was 31-for-60 (51.7 percent) overall, 6-for-14 (42.9 percent) from 3-point range and 20-for-32 (62.5 percent) at the foul line. Oregon State was 27-for-54 (50 percent), 9-for-17 (52.9 percent) and 20-for-28 (71.4 percent).
The Beavers won the rebounding battle 36-33, but the Golden Bears had just five turnovers, compared to 13 for Oregon State.
The Bears return home Wednesday night to host Washington. Tipoff at Haas Pavilion is 8 p.m. Pacific.